This Week in Saigon: St. Patrick’s Day Special Edition

activities - Saigon/HCMC: March 14, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day is 17 March and Ho Chi Minh City is ready to celebrate! St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland, but it is also the most celebrated national festival worldwide. Though the festival has religious origins, many celebrations around the world include decorations with shamrocks, wearing green, parades...and copious amounts of alcohol! So Saigon, are you ready to get lit for St. Patrick’s Day?! Hit up some of Angee the Diva’s Best Events for St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch

Market 39, Corner of Hai Ba Trung and Le Duan, D1
17 March | 12:00pm to 3:00pm | VND1,390,000

Before a night of heavy drinking and partying, it’s always a good idea to have a good meal. Start the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with a special brunch at Market 39 - Seafood and International Cuisine at InterContinental Hotel Saigon. Fill your belly with freshly caught seafood, high quality meats, and an abundant buffet brunch accompanied by Irish folk songs by the band Fire. You can even start a bit of day drinking with Markey 39’s signature Irish cocktails or free flow craft and draught beers, including a selection of Belgo beers on hand just for St. Patrick’s Day. Sounds like a great way to celebrate the festivities!

Make reservations through this website.

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Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day Party

Lush Saigon, 2 Ly Tu Truong, D1
16 March | 10:00pm - 3:00am | FREE

Get dressed in your best green outfit and go catch a Leprechaun at Lush for their pre-Saint Patrick’s Day Party. Your hunt will definitely be a little more fun with Bushmill’s whiskey specials all night long! The Lush Leprechauns may not give you any gold, but you can get your photo taken with them for some unforgettable memories. As always, dance the night away to the hottest DJ’s in Saigon in any of Lush’s three dance spaces.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Buddha Bar & Grill, 7 Thao Dien Rd, D2
15 - 18 March | 10:00am to 5:00am | FREE

Get ready for a full weekend of shamrock shenanigans at Buddha Bar & Grill in Thao Dien! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, fill your belly with special Irish food specials like stout lamb stew and shepherd’s pie. Alternatively, get right to drinking with buy 1 get 1 bottles of Jameson Whiskey. With live music by Smogtown Rats on Friday, Wales vs Ireland Rugby Final on Saturday, and VND50,000 drink specials all night on Sunday, this St. Patrick’s Day weekend is sure to be a blast at Buddha Bar & Grill.

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St. Patrick’s Day at The D

The D, 113 Ton That Dam, D1
16 & 17 March | 6:00pm to 2:00am | FREE

This one might be an adventure. The D likes to keep their party information minimal but enticing. But that’s part of the appeal of this brand new cozy bar space. Besides, the most important information is that they have Stout beer specials, including Winking Seal Baby Fatso Stout draft beer on Saturday and Sunday as well as 20% off all Irish-style drinks. Try something new and head to The D this St. Patrick’s Day.

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St. Patrick’s Day Party at Pasteur Street Tap Rooms

144 Pasteur St, D1 / 120 Xuan Thuy, D2 / 67 Le Van Thiem, D7
17 March | 11:00am - 11:30pm | FREE

St. Patty’s Day is best enjoyed with a pint of beer. No need for all the crowds and kitschy music, just get straight to the point of it all - getting drunk! Hahaha!! This St. Patrick’s Day, grab some friends and head out to any of the Pasteur Street Tap Rooms for buy 1 get 1 pints or full pours of Irish Stout. With three Pasteur Street Brewing Company tap rooms around Ho Chi Minh City, there’s sure to be a cold pint nearby.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Lost Boys Hideout

Lost Boys Hideout, 147/2B-3C Le Van Luong, D7
16 & 17 March | 6:00pm - 11:30pm | FREE

Spend St. Patty’s Day in the mystical Neverland club house at Lost Boys Hideout. For anyone wearing green, receive a free shot or beer. If you forget your green, don’t worry - get a shamrock or leprechaun face paint done for free to keep it festive. Otherwise, be super practical and just have a pint of their green beer, available all night. Other specials include free flow beer for VND250,000 and buy 1 get 1 on drinks. Lost Boys will also be showing the 6 Nations Rugby games live on Saturday, 16 March. The Italy vs France game starts at 7:30pm, and the Ireland vs Wales game is at 9:45pm.

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St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival

BLOQ, 19 Tran Ngoc Dien, D2
17 March | 4:00pm to 11:00pm | FREE entry

The BLOQ retail and restaurant space welcomes patrons to experience this special St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival. Sample a variety of famous craft beers, including special Beervana drinks, and stuff your face with a variety of international cuisine. Don’t forget to submit your name into the lucky draw to win your very own pot of gold (okay, just special prizes, but you see what I did there 😅). Happy hour pricing, a full entertainment line up, and a few more surprises await you at the St. Patrick’s Day Beer Festival at BLOQ!

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St. Patrick’s Day Fleadh

Saigon Outcast, 188/1 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
16 March | 5:00pm - 12:00am | VND50,000 before 5:45; VND100,000 after

Now this is a proper St. Patty’s Day bash! Join the Saigon Irish Society at Saigon Outcast this Saturday for the St. Patrick’s Day Fleadh. They’ve got all your basic festival needs covered:

Copious amounts of alcohol - ✔ Enjoy drinks from Jameson Whiskey, Platinum Beers, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Tiger, and of course Saigon Outcast.

Gut busting yumminess - ✔ Coat your stomach with delicious munchies from Al Fescos, Jack’s Chipper, and Saigon Outcast.

Music for your best Irish jig - ✔ Get those feet tapping with live music from Jack McCaughan, Irish-American Duo Saigon Company, and Liam and Ronan from Smogtown Rats.

Competitive sports to cheer about - ✔ Stay to catch the Ireland vs Wales 6 Nations Rugby game at 9:45pm.

Get in early and the tickets are only VND50,000 including 1 free Tiger beer until 5:45pm. Don’t miss out on the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party to hit Saigon.

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Get out in the city and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day properly in Saigon. With so many options, you’re sure to find something fun and memorable to do for the holiday. And I want to know! Tag me (@angeethediva and #iAMHCMC) in your pics for a chance to win a spot in the Best of the Month of March!

Be sure to check Angee the Diva’s Best Events of the Week for something to do beyond St. Patrick’s Day. Saigon never sleeps, so get out there and enjoy it! And say, “Hey!” if you see me around Saigon! #YoureWelcome 😘

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